I don’t know about you guys, but a great many things worry me and I just don’t know if I can follow Bobby McFerrin’s advice. While I am fully convinced that we’ll all be doomed when the Andromeda galaxy collides with our Milky Way clusters of solar systems in a few billion years, one thing that doesn’t really concern me are Microsoft’s plans for the Xbox division.
With the Xbox One getting deeper into the Windows 10 bed, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the road is drawing to a close for the console division over at Microsoft. But you’d be wrong. Real wrong, as Xboss Phil Spencer was on hand to explain that the Xbox will be alive and kicking for at least another generation.
“I love that console experience,” Spencer said to The Verge.
It’s obviously the core of what Xbox is about, and Xbox One is our most important gaming device inside the company. There’s no doubt about that.
We also know there are millions and millions of gamers who access Microsoft [in other ways,] whether it’s Windows, their phone, Skype — it could be many different things every day. As head of gaming inside of Microsoft, I think about how we make sure that all of those customers feel as supported and engaged as the Xbox fans do who own a game console.
Right now, Xbox One games are playable on any PC that is running Windows 10, a move that was designed to widen the demographics. At the same time, Microsoft is looking to make that content “relevant across as many of its platforms as possible,” while also remaining “100% committed” to Xbox users.
“I fully expect that you’ll see another console from us,” Spencer said.
Our best customers are Xbox console customers, and I want to keep those people engaged both on the Xbox One and anything we might do in the future. I don’t want to dilute what the Xbox console customer feels. I want to expand what we’re able to do for more customers.
After two years, I’m liking the Xbox One brand a whole lot more. Sure, the console hardware may not be perfect, but the current drive to fund and develop more first-party titles has resulted in a much stronger library for Xbox. One that hasn’t been seen in many a year on the Microsoft black boxes. And now I can rest easy, knowing that I need to start saving up several million Rands to afford the next Xbox console.
Last Updated: December 11, 2015